Me & My Siblings
Our parents are the first people we get to know when we enter this life. They are the ones that teach us to trust. Trust is a very important issue not only in our everyday lives, but it’s also a very important issue in doing business online or off. If customers don’t feel they can trust you, they won’t do business with you.
I was reminded of this trust issue on a recent visit to my parent’s. My father was recounting a time when I was very young and he saved my life not once, but twice, within a single hour. We had been visiting with his folks one hot summer afternoon. My siblings and I had been running through the house like banshees. It was nearly time to leave and my father insisted on a few moments of quiet time with his parents. He shooed us out of the room and told us that under no circumstances were we to run in and interrupt. My brother, sister, and I stood there in the hallway and watched as my dad closed the door on our little faces. It wasn’t long before I got into trouble.
Still standing there outside that closed door, I popped a lemon drop into my mouth and soon after began choking on it. There was no way I wanted to open that door and disturb my parents so my siblings and I tried to deal with the problem ourselves. They took turns slapping me on my back. I kept trying to cough it out, but it was well and truly stuck and it was getting harder and harder to breathe. I knew I was going to have to do exactly what I had been told not to do. The only question in my mind was how much trouble was I going to be in because of it.
I tried as hard as I could to honor my father’s wishes that day, but I needed my parent’s help. Even in that emergency I did not want to let either one of them down, so instead of opening the door and rushing into the room, I banged on the door to get one or both of my parents to come out to me. When my father flung that door open, I knew he was mad, but he quickly recognized the immediacy of the situation, stuck his finger down my throat and out popped that lemon drop as pretty as you please.
Not long after that choking incident, we piled back in our car and headed down the long country road that led to the highway and home. It was somewhere along that narrow road when I decided to stick an ice cube in my mouth…and you guessed it, it went right down my throat and got stuck. I was sitting directly behind my father who was driving and I began hitting the back of his seat. I couldn’t even talk. All I could do was bang on the back of his seat. My mom looked back to find out what was going on and spoke for me, demanding that my father stop the car immediately. While he was still in the process of slowing down, my mom was opening her car door, my dad was reaching over the back of the seat, sticking his finger down my throat and popping that ice cube out. Before the car came to a complete stop my mom was jumping out of the front seat and into the back seat. My dad had an awful lot to deal with all at once, saving me again, and trying to keep my mom safe too. It was a crazy day, but we survived it. If I hadn’t known it before, I knew it then, that my parents were people I could count on in any situation.
I guess it was because of the way I trusted my family, that I automatically trusted everyone I encountered in my life. I have learned in recent years that trust is something earned, not given as a gift. That was a pretty painful lesson to learn, but I learned it the hard way. There are so many people in this world who are trustworthy, and so many who aren’t. It’s difficult telling them apart sometimes, especially when dealing with nameless, faceless businesses online. So, if you have an online business, or are considering starting one, don’t be shy. Make yourself known to your internet customers, introduce yourself and your site with a video. Not sure how? Ask Mike Deets, who is a very knowledgeable, trustworthy, and helpful person. He is in business to help your business succeed.
Kathy Williams, Chief Editor for Deetslist